Sabé Masson Pop Up Store at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, 40 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, France Tel: +33 (1) 42 82 34 56
Photos: Roanne Monte
Few can disagree that France—specifically, Grasse—is the fragrance capital of the world. I am a big fan of (actually, more like a groupie I am that obsessed) the Grasse-trained olfactory genius that is Dominique Ropion. Ropion is the ‘nose’ behind Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb (arguably, the gourmand scent that started the most recent gourmand trend—if you’re into them), Portrait of a Lady for Frédéric Malle, and Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle. Yet not all can enjoy fragrance, 30.5% of the general population experience scented products on others irritating. Under the premise that chemicals used in the formulation of fragrance may be the culprits, going chemical-free seems to make the most sense. Enter the Paris and Grasse-created Sabé Masson Le Soft Perfume.
I stumbled upon their pop-up store at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann on a recent trip to Paris, prompted by the sight of minimalist to mod-designed packaging that lined the walls. Sabé Masson Le Soft Perfume are parabens and alcohol-free and are entirely formulated and manufactured in France. There is a good mix of floral, fruity, green, and gourmands (read: sweet and edibles like honey and vanilla) in bases of shea and mango butter, and tamanu and tiare oil. With minimal sillage (pronounced as see-yazh, meaning, the degree to which fragrance diffuses around the wearer—yes, it was new to me, too!), the scents will not enter a room before you do. Given its natural composition, these fragrances may likely not induce wheezing, headaches, and all those unsexy scent sensitivity symptoms dichotomous to the intent of wearing perfumes in the first place.
Now, the layered complexity of a Ropion creation these are not, but if you’re one who simply cannot tolerate conventional fragrances, Sabé Masson Le Soft Perfume may be a good option.
The entire range can be purchased at any of their Paris-based locations in Haut-Marais, Bon Marché Rive Gauche, and, of course, their pop-store at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann. In the U.S., their products can be purchased through their sole U.S.-based distributor, alrossa.com